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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

The Secrets of Flower Design and Art

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 19 reviews.San Francisco, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Elena

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English, Italian

What you'll do

When Covid-19 started, and the social isolation came along, I decided to reinvent myself and transfer my passion online to connect with a broader community.

I see floral design as a branch of beaux-arts. In fact, flowers can touch us as much as paintings do; they influence the vibes of a space, and they bright up our mood. Nonetheless, floral art is still far from being recognized in its cultural value from the broad audience; let's discover it together through my unique vision within a creative, judgement-less, and inspiring context.

The experience consists of 3 parts:

1) I will show a floral painting and go over its formal elements, and the story of the painter who made it. During this phase, I will teach you how to look at any painting with a particular “observer method”, to capture the artwork's beauty at best.
2) After that, we’ll make the flower arrangement inspired by the painting! This is the longest part of the workshop, where I’ll share all the basics of floristry, plus some fun facts about flowers and techniques.
3) I will conclude the workshop showing some pics of my favorite botanical artists that inspire my art practice, and even a personal project that taught me how to use creativity as a form of resilience.
When Covid-19 started, and the social isolation came along, I decided to reinvent myself and transfer my passion online to connect with a broader community.

I see floral design as a branch of beaux-arts. In fact, flowers can touch us as much as paintings do; they influence the vibes of a space, and they bright up our mood. Nonetheless, floral art is still far from being recognized in its cultural value from the broad audience; let's di…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Elena can host up to 10 guests starting at $80. Reservations for up to 30 available upon request.

What to bring

  • YOU CAN PARTICIPATE WITHOUT ANY MATERIAL, AND JUST WITH YOUR CURIOSITY :)
  • IF YOU WANT TO DO THE BOUQUET WITH ME, I'LL SEND YOU THE FULL LIST ONCE BOOKED.
  • OVERALL, WHAT YOU'LL NEED IS: 1 VASE, 1 FLORAL CLIPPERS, SOME GREENERY, FEW STEMS OF FLOWERS (YOU'LL HAVE AN AMPLE CHOICE OF SUBSTITUTES).
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Tue, Aug 11
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
$30 per person
$30 per person
Tue, Aug 11
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
$30 per person
$30 per person
Wed, Aug 12
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
$30 per person
$30 per person

Meet your host, Elena

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 19 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Flowers have changed my life when I moved to California from Italy. The nature’s gifts, such as fallen petals and bougainvillea trees, would bright up my day in the unfamiliar city. Being able to appreciate floral beauty around myself made San Francisco a sweet spot for me.

After 8 years of experience in the art field, during which I curated and exhibited in 10+ art shows in Milan, Melbourne and San Francisco, and I published an art book ("M. R. Ballestra, a Phenomenology of Posthuman", Mimesis Editor, Italy), I decided to focus on floristry developing professional skills in 3 different arranging styles: Wild, Traditional and Modern.
Now, I create unique designs for VIP clients (Millennium Tower, 4 Season Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Marriott, La Mar, and many more).
My clients describe my works as "incredible pieces of art".
Flowers have changed my life when I moved to California from Italy. The nature’s gifts, such as fallen petals and bougainvillea trees, would bright up my day in the unfamiliar city. Being able to appreciate floral beauty around myself made San Francisco a sweet spot for me.

After 8 years of experience in the art field, during which I curated and exhibited in 10+ art shows in Milan, Melbourne and San Francisco, and I published an art book ("M. R. Ballestra, a Phenomenology of Posthuma…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Gal
August 2020
‏I received this experience as a gift from my partner, who knew exactly what was right for me. ‏ Beyond being lovely, Helenas workshop is exceptionally structured. I was able to get a kind of a "summary of flowers arrangements." There is no doubt that after this experience I will no longer buy a ready-made bouquet at a gas station. With the tools I have been given I can put together a personal bouquet that I can give to my loved ones. Unfortunately I came to the workshop without flowers of my own (and still really enjoyed ), but I recommend getting organized in advance to enhance the experience :) ‏ Thank you so much!
‏I received this experience as a gift from my partner, who knew exactly what was right for me. ‏ Beyond being lovely, Helenas workshop is exceptionally structured. I was able to g…
Amanda
August 2020
This was my first AirBnB Experience, and I loved it! Elena made the class fun and took the time to help each person get the most out of their arrangements. I learned a lot and had fun!
Dominique
July 2020
An unexpected magical experience. I dove into the art world and gained the foundational understanding in sculpting a beautiful art piece through flower arrangement. I’m not as intimated to make my own arrangements and build on my skills to make them my own. Wonderful class Elena! I can tell you really connect with your work. 🌷
An unexpected magical experience. I dove into the art world and gained the foundational understanding in sculpting a beautiful art piece through flower arrangement. I’m not as int…
Tiffany
July 2020
This was a great experience. I felt that I learned a lot about Elena's prior experience and passion for floral design. She worked very hard to personalize instruction and connected the floral design back to the art world. I'm looking forward to taking a class with her again in the future.
This was a great experience. I felt that I learned a lot about Elena's prior experience and passion for floral design. She worked very hard to personalize instruction and connected…
Azusa
July 2020
Elena is very kind and teaching me politely. I couldn't get all flowers that she gave me a list of flowers but I could make a wonderfully. Elena's career is amazing and I felt very special that I could know secret of good taste of her. Thank you Elena!
Elena is very kind and teaching me politely. I couldn't get all flowers that she gave me a list of flowers but I could make a wonderfully. Elena's career is amazing and I felt very…
Wendy
July 2020
Elena is a wonderful artist and shared her techniques with us. We all made our flower arrangements and found out many of the 'tricks of the trade'. I now have beautiful flower arrangements all over my home.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

In order to enjoy the experience at most, connect with a computer instead of a phone (you need a large screen), and with a good internet connection.